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made chicken noodle soup without the can

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Tala, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    So I suck at making dumplings. I had a black sexlink rooster that not only wasn't needed for breeding, but sealed his fate by flogging me. So what to do with a full grown (year old) rooster? I made chicken noodle soup!!!

    After butchering I soaked him in a cooler of salty ice water for about 4 days, changed the water out once. Then I quartered him (so he would fit in my pot) and simmered him all day for stock. I add vinegar to the water for making stock too. I put it in the fridge after work, but the next day I had a stomach flu, so he got to set in the fridge a few more days.
    Anyway, he was well "rested" to say the least. I pulled all the meat off the bones for the soup and strained my stock. He was tender, but not mushy like store bought birds.
    I boiled sliced carrots, when they were done I put them back in my stock pot and filled it half water, half stock. I diced an onion and several garlic cloves. I added salt, pepper, sage, oregano and basil. I cut/shredded my rooster meat up and put in. I let it sit like that overnight in the fridge to marinate a little. Then I added a bag of dumpling type noodles and cooked them. He was good and my chicken noodle soup was hubby-approved.

    What other veggies might you add? I was kinda just thinking about what is in the canned variety, but it seemed like it needed something green. Otherwise it was fine though, definitely a way to get hubby to eat homegrown rooster.

  2. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    celery and fresh parsley here [​IMG]
  3. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Songster

    Sep 27, 2011
    I second the celery and make the motion to add peas and/or lima beans.
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Lima beans do sound good [​IMG]
  5. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    Could chop up fresh spinach and add it at the end for something different. [​IMG]
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Thats what we use.. [​IMG]
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:That would be goood!

  8. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I do potatoes in beef stew, I want my chicken soup to be different. Hubbs loves potatoes, but I really don't. I may be a firm believer in "meat and potatoes" type cooking, but I don't like white potatoes much.
    I did get some greens to put in beef n veggie soup, that's my next meal I have planned.

    Thanks for the ideas. I'm happy with my chicken noodle soup, but seems like it just wasn't quite complete yet. Always room for improvement!
  10. I do celery, carrots, onions and parsley. Homemade stock. Sometimes peas. More just seems to clutter the flavors.

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